SOLOMONS, Md. — As summer kicks off, here’s what you need to know about certain bacteria that live in waterways, including the Chesapeake Bay.
Infections from Vibrio vulnificus are relatively rare, but you have a higher risk of infection or serious complications if you have a health problem such as diabetes, cancer or cirrhosis of the liver, or if you’ve recently had stomach surgery.
“If you have any of those illnesses, please stay away from oysters and raw fish,” infectious disease expert Dr. Rita Colwell said during a lecture on the topic last week at the Calvert Marine Museum.
Colwell, a former director of the National Science Foundation, is currently a distinguished university professor at the University of Maryland College Park and the Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health.